Event information

Event date 10 Jul 2021 to 11 Jul 2021
Location
James Cook University, Townsville
Who should attend
  • Doctors in Training 
  • Medical Students
  • Senior Doctors are welcome
Cost
AMA Queensland Member $150
AMA Queensland Student Member $75
Non-Member $300

Please note: if you register for this event but are then rostered to work at the same time as JDC Townsville we provide a full refund.

 

Contact

Contact the Events Team on (07) 3872 2222 or email 

Full program
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AMA Queensland's Junior Doctor Conference Townsville 2021

We're looking forward to having the 8th Annual AMA Queensland Junior Doctors Conference this year in a new location, Townsville.

This conference encourages junior doctors to engage and be inspired, and has grown in reputation as a must-attend event for junior doctors and medical students.

Bringing JDC to North Queensland is integral in engaging with our rural, regional and remote junior doctor and medical student members.

Please note, due to COVID restrictions, numbers are limited.


Special Offer!

Non Members, be one of the first twenty people to join AMA Queensland before the event and you will receive your JDC Townsville registration for FREE. Download the membership form below.

AMA Queensland Membership Form - JDC


Please note: due to the new format this year, abstracts have not been included in the program but we will look to introduce an online version of abstract presentations later in the year.


 

Saturday 10 July

Time
Session
Presenter/s

8.30am

Registration Open

9.10am

Welcome by JCU

A/Prof Peta-Ann Teague, Acting Dean, College of Medicine and Surgery, James Cook University; Former Director, JCU GP Training program; General practitoner, JCU Health

9.20am

Welcome to JDC

AMA Queensland CDT Executive

9.30am

Overcoming the odds

Dr Alisha Thompson is a junior doctor who was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer at the age of 27 back in 2016. She was a PGY2, working as a psychiatry PHO at the time. From the moment she received her diagnosis, her entire world changed. Hear how Alisha’s journey through medicine completely shifted, and why she is so passionate about doctors’ putting their own health first.

Dr Alisha Thomson, Medical Administration Registrar, Townsville Hospital

10.30am

Morning tea - visit trade

11am

The impact of medical career counselling in your DiT years

Dr Ashe Coxon is a GP, career development practitioner and Deputy Director of Clinical Training at Townsville University Hospital. Dr Coxon is the founder and director of Medical Career Planning, a career planning and counselling service for doctors and medical students. Dr Coxon will be discussing some career planning strategies and tips for early career doctors, particularly those who don’t yet know what they want to do.

Dr Ashe Coxon, GP; Career Development Practitioner; Deputy Director of Clinical Training, Townsville University Hospital

11.30am

Breaking the myth around regional and rural medical training and practice

Regional and rural medical training offers some of the most exciting and unique learning opportunities for doctors in training. However, the myths around "going rural" and how this could affect your medical career still resonate strongly in the medical community. In this session, we will talk about the good, the amazing and the truth of going rural, sorting the facts from the myths around rural training and practice.

Dr Andrew Amos, Director of Training - Psychiatry: North Queensland

Dr Sarah Chalmers, President, ACRRM

Dr Chris Morrey, Associate Professor, James Cook University

Chair: Dr David Shepherd, President, NQ LMA 

12.30pm

Lunch – visit trade

1.30pm

Financial planning for junior doctors

Saddled with credit card debt? Looking at buying your first home? What insurances do you really need at this stage of your life? Join our experts for an insightful panel discussion on how to maximise your finances and make the most of your junior doctor years.

Nicole Brown, Associate – Specialist Medical Services Division, Cutcher & Neale

Simon Moore, Senior Consultant – Commercial Finance, Credabl

Julie O'Reilly, Director, William Buck

Chair: Katherine Gonzalez-Cork, GM Member Services and Strategic Partnership, AMA Queensland

2.30pm

Common employment issues affecting Junior Doctors

What should do you if you are not sure if you are being paid correctly? How should you address bullying in the workplace? Are you concerned about rostering or shift patterns? 

Alex Morison, Senior Industrial Officer, Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation of Queensland (ASMOFQ)

3pm

Afternoon tea – visit trade

3.30pm

Interview preparation advice and how to write the perfect resume

Decided on your specialty and wanting to apply to your college of choice? This panel is here to sooth your fears on the application process and give you practical advice for moving to your next step – whether that be career or college focused.

Dr Sarah Coll, Orthopaedic Surgeon; Council and Board Member, AMA Queensland

Dr Robert Nayer, Emergency Medicine Trainee, Gold Coast University Hospital; AMA Queensland CDT Deputy Chair

Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Professor of Health Professional Education and Head, Townsville Clinical School

Dr Maddi Taylor, Medical Registrar & Clinical Councillor, Townsville Hospital; DiT Representative, AMA Queensland Council

Chair: Dr Natasha Abeysekera, Resident Medical Officer, RBWH; AMA Queensland CDT Deputy Chair

4.30pm

Finding fulfillment in medical practice - Part 1

This two-part small group session will allow the participants to discuss how to find fulfillment in medical practice. The session is facilitated by three experienced clinicians and together they will discuss methods of dealing with the inevitable realities of life as a doctor – which involves dealing with patient adverse outcomes, dealing with uncertainty and understanding how to deal with failure, all which are inevitable parts of medicine.


Prior to the session we ask potential participants to consider:
What are your personal goals in medicine and as a doctor?   
Who is driving your goals? 
Who are you and what do you enjoy? 
How do you currently deal with uncertainty, adverse patient outcomes and unexpected clinical outcomes?

Facilitators:

Dr Ashe Coxon, GP; Career Development Practitioner; Deputy Director of Clinical Training, Townsville University Hospital

Dr Will Cairns, Palliative Care Physician and Medical Educator

Dr Jennifer Schafer, Medical Director, Doctors' Health in Queensland

5pm Day 1 close AMA Queensland CDT Executive

Sunday 11 July

Time
Session
Presenter/s

8.30am

Grab a coffee and chat with trade

9am

Day 1 recap

AMA Queensland CDT Executive

9.10am

Making your mark in healthcare leadership

Doctors are indeed recognised as leaders in healthcare and in the wider community, but for those wishing to delve deeper into this particular aspect of their roles, where do you begin? Where do you start? Healthcare leadership can significantly impact and influence the system which governs us, and also effectively create change for the better of both your patients and your profession.

Dr Sarah Coll, Orthopaedic Surgeon; Council and Board Member, AMA Queensland

Dr Danny Tucker, Associate Professor in Obstetrics & Gynaecology; Director of Clinical Training, Townsville University Hospital

10am

Morning tea – visit trade

10.30am

Tomorrow when you decide to move home

Andrew is the first JCU Medical Graduate to reach the Professor of Medicine level. After years of training in big capital cities and overseas, he has returned to northern Queensland to continue his medical career, aiming to make a difference in so many community members' quality of life.

Professor Andrew Mallett, Director of Clinical Research & Nephrologist, Townsville University Hospital; Professor of Medicine, James Cook University

11.15am

Ten Minutes to Save a Life

Dr Hayley Letson is a Research Fellow in the Heart, Trauma and Sepsis Research Laboratory in the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University. She joined the Heart and Trauma Research Laboratory in 2008 where she undertook an MSc and PhD developing a small-volume resuscitation solution comprising adenosine, lidocaine and magnesium (ALM) for the treatment of traumatic hemorrhagic shock. 

Join Hayley for a discussion on how ALM could change the game for critical rural and regional trauma responses.

Dr Hayley Letson, Research Fellow, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University

12pm

 

Finding fulfillment in medical practice - Part 2

This two-part small group session will allow the participants to discuss how to find fulfillment in medical practice. The session is facilitated by three experienced clinicians and together they will discuss methods of dealing with the inevitable realities of life as a doctor – which involves dealing with patient adverse outcomes, dealing with uncertainty and understanding how to deal with failure, all which are inevitable parts of medicine.


Prior to the session we ask potential participants to consider:
What are your personal goals in medicine and as a doctor?   
Who is driving your goals? 
Who are you and what do you enjoy? 
How do you currently deal with uncertainty, adverse patient outcomes and unexpected clinical outcomes?

Facilitators:

Dr Ashe Coxon, GP; Career Development Practitioner; Deputy Director of Clinical Training, Townsville University Hospital

Dr Will Cairns, Palliative Care Physician and Medical Educator

Dr Jennifer Schafer, Medical Director, Doctors' Health in Queensland

12.30pm

Conference wrap up

AMA Queensland CDT Executive

12.45pm

Conference close

 

 

Please note: the program is subject to change.

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Dr Natasha Abeysekera, Resident Medical Officer, RBWH; AMA Queensland CDT Deputy Chair

Dr Natasha Abeysekera is a resident medical officer at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital (RBWH) with interests in General Surgery, clinical research and global health. Natasha is currently president of the RBWH RMO Society and co-deputy chair of the AMA QLD Council of Doctors in Training. Natasha is also currently undertaking a Masters of Public Health through the University of Queensland.

 

Dr Andrew Amos, Director of Training - Psychiatry: North Queensland

Dr Amos is the first Director of Training for Psychiatry located outside Brisbane, with the brief of developing training networks across North Queensland from his base in Townsville. Dr Amos is deputy editor of Australasian Psychiatry and Chair of both the eLearning Advisory Group and Section of Rural Psychiatry - Queensland for the RANZCP. He is completing a PhD which seeks to generate tools for curriculum development from text mining the published psychiatric literature.

 

Nicole Brown, Associate – Specialist Medical Services Division, Cutcher & Neale

Nicole is an Associate in our Specialist Medical Services division.

Nicole has been with Cutcher & Neale for over 16 years and has a profound niche in advising our medical professional clients and is focused on developing tactical strategies for our clients to ensure their wealth is protected and secured. Nicole offers clients tailored and highly effective wealth creation and preservation strategies.

Nicole enjoys working closely with her clients to gain insight into their unique personal and financial circumstances, Nicole’s ultimate aim is to help clients reach their goals. 

Nicole’s experience has allowed her to gain a deep understanding of all matters relating to superannuation, investment and finance matters which enables her to be a trusted financial adviser for her clients.

Dr Sarah Chalmers

I’m a rural generalist and have worked predominantly in remote communities and homelands across East Arnhem Land in the NT, and now in Winton in Central Western Queensland. I’m a Senior Lecturer in Rural Medicine and General Practice at James Cook University and the President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

 

Dr Sarah Coll, Orthopaedic Surgeon; Council and Board Member, AMA Queensland

Dr Coll graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1994. She spent her intern year in Perth before moving permanently to Queensland. She trained in Orthopaedic Surgery in Cairns and throughout Brisbane until moving back to Cairns in 2005. She is a Visiting Medical Officer at Cairns Private Hospital. She has been an enthusiastic Board Member for 2 years and has thoroughly enjoyed her five years on Council, addressing policy and shaping the direction of the organisation.

 

Dr Ashe Coxon, GP, career development practitioner and Deputy Director of Clinical Training Townsville University Hospital

Dr Coxon is the founder and director of Medical Career Planning, a career planning and counselling service for doctors and medical students. Dr Coxon will be discussing some career planning strategies and tips for early career doctors, particularly those who don’t yet know what they want to do.

 

Dr Hayley Letson, Research Fellow, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University

Dr Hayley Letson is a Research Fellow in the Heart, Trauma and Sepsis Research Laboratory in the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University. After graduating from JCU with a University Medal from a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology and Pharmacology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Hayley completed a PhD developing a novel small-volume fluid therapy for resuscitation of traumatic haemorrhagic shock. For the past decade Hayley has been developing this novel ALM therapy with her supervisor Professor Geoffrey Dobson for use on the battlefield with the support of the US Military special forces. Hayley is also working with Queensland Retrieval Services and the Royal Flying Doctor Service to assess trauma care in rural and remote Northern Queensland, and the possible use of ALM therapy for prehospital emergency care. Dr Letson's work in the field of trauma resuscitation science has been internationally recognized with three consecutive Young Investigator Awards from the American Heart Association. In 2019, Hayley presented a TEDx talk entitled “Ten Minutes to Save a Life”.

 

Prof Andrew Mallett, Director of Clinical Research & Nephrologist, Townsville University Hospital, and Professor of Medicine, James Cook University

Professor Mallett leads the first and largest renal genetics clinical service and program in Australia. Having been a Churchill Fellow and an RACP Foundation Jacquot Research Establishment Fellow, he has a strongly emerging profile in the clinical care and research of inherited kidney disease and nephrogenetics nationally, regionally and internationally. The clinical and translational research he is undertaking includes the epidemiology of inherited kidney diseases, subspecialist models of clinical care for these diseases, and new and novel genetic sequencing for nephrogenetic diagnosis and discovery including approaches to functional validation. Currently, Professor in the College of Medicine (James Cook University), Clinical Fellow (Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland), and Co-Lead Renal Genetics Program (Genetic Health Queensland), Prof Mallett is also National Director of the KidGen Collaborative, Lead for two Rare Disease Flagships (Australian Genomics Health Alliance), Director of Clinical Research and Nephrologist (Townsville University Hospital), and previously visiting fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, The University of Cambridge. He is committed to improving the understanding of inherited kidney disease as well as the clinical care and outcomes of Australians affected by it.

 

Dr Chris Morrey, Associate Professor, James Cook University

Chris is currently the 2nd Vice President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (he will become president in 2 years) - the first rural surgeon to be elected to this position. He is an examiner for the Fellowship examination at the RACS, Chairman of the Rural Surgeons Committee and Cultural and Diversity Committees of the AOA.

He has been the Chairperson of the AO foundation Asia Pacific Trauma Board, Vice President of the AO Trauma International Board and Past Chairperson of the Specialist Orthopaedic Specialist group.

He has spent 20 years instructing surgeons around the world in trauma surgery for the AO foundation.

Dr Robert Nayer is an emergency medicine advanced trainee at the Gold Coast University hospital. He has a special interest in emergency department care of patients presenting to hospitals with primarily mental health related concerns. He's been involved with CDT previously as an industrial relations portfolio lead, and now as a deputy chair. He has degrees in commerce, and health science, in addition to medicine, and is a strong advocate for using industrial relations pathways as a means for addressing doctor-in-training wellbeing, as well as upskilling doctors to be strong advocates for cultural change within the medical profession.

 

Julie O’Reilly, Director, William Buck

Amongst her clients and business partners Julie has a reputation for quality work and reliability, developed through her strong organizational skills and emphasis on meeting client needs.
As an avid cyclist, Julie’s determination and inclination of exceeding expectations has grown. “My aim is to always exceed client expectations and deliver on promises” says Julie. “It’s important to me to be known as a person who does what they say they are going to do”.

As a Director in the Business Advisory division, Julie assists clients with their accounting, tax, superannuation, and business advisory requirements. 

Having gained a wealth of knowledge and experience working for accounting firms in Brisbane, Sydney and New Zealand, Julie provides meaningful advice on general tax and strategic business planning including; establishment, structuring, asset protection and growth strategies.

Julie has specialized knowledge in relation to the Medical and Dental industries, covering all areas of general and specialist practices, assisting them with their accounting, tax and business advisory requirements. 

Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Professor of Health Professional Education and Head, Townsville Clinical School

Tarun Sen Gupta is Head of the Townsville Clinical School, and Professor of Health Professional Education at the James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry. He has worked in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education since 1993, with interests in rural medicine, small group teaching, community-based education and assessment. He is a Training Adviser for the Queensland Health Rural Generalist Pathway and has previously worked in solo remote practice. He is a Past-President of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland and currently chairs the assessment committee of the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine. He was a foundation staff member of the James Cook University medical school when it was established in 2000.

 

Dr David Shepherd, President, NQ LMA

Dr David Shepherd was born and bred in Far North Queensland, growing up and going to school in Cairns. He travelled to Brisbane for university and specialist training in orthopaedics, returning to Cairns after obtaining his specialist qualifications.

He has practised in Cairns in both the public and private sector ever since, apart from a one-year sabbatical to the United Kingdom. He is currently in full-time private practice in Cairns. David has done outreach clinics in Innisfail and Weipa. He is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and a fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. His primary qualification is a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland. He has been involved in teaching medical students from James Cook University.

Associated Professor Peta-Ann Teague 
Acting Dean, College of Medicine and Surgery, James Cook University
Former Director of the JCU GP Training program 
General Practitioner at JCU Health

Dr Teague is an Associate Professor at James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry (CMD) and is currently the Acting Dean of the CMD. 
Having completed her medical degree at the University of Cape Town where she graduated in 1989, she undertook her medical Post Graduate Training in the UK and worked there for several years before relocating to Townsville with her family in 2004. 
An experienced clinician and medical educator, Dr Teague has additional qualifications in Women’s’ Health and medical education. Prior to her secondment as Dean, she was the Director of JCU GP Training. She works part-time at JCU Health where she has been since 2004. Her clinical interests include Women’s Health and Mental Health with a specific focus on eating disorders.

 

Dr Alisha Thomson, Medical Administration Registrar, Townsville Hospital

Alisha is a doctor in training and medical leader currently at the Townsville University Hospital creating disruption as a medical administration registrar. A self-confessed advocate for any worthy cause Alisha is a passionate advocate for doctor wellbeing after gaining true perspective following a diagnosis of stage 4 ovarian cancer at 27 years old. Alisha is able to reflect on the importance of self-care, the power of a positive attitude and the need for connectedness. Sharing her story of what could have been the end of a short career that became the catalyst for an exciting adventure, which has included jumping out of planes.

Dr Danny Tucker, Director of Clinical Training, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist; Associate Professor, James Cook University, Associate Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

Dr Tucker graduated from King’s College, London. He completed his specialist training in Oxford and moved to Queensland in 2008. His definition of a medical leader is simply ‘Anyone who has responsibility for the wellbeing of others in medicine.’ He recognises the importance of leadership skills at all levels of the medical stream and believes that with strong leadership workplaces can be enjoyable and fulfilling for all staff. Danny is a photographer in his spare time and brings his passion to work, providing portraits for families who experience a challenging start to parenthood.